Chelsea star Sam Kerr roughs up pitch invader, manager calls for increased security

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Australian soccer star Sam Kerr made clear to fans on Wednesday night she will take care of anyone who decides to rush onto the field and interrupt her match.

Kerr, who was playing for Chelsea when her club was going up against Juventus in a Women’s Champions League match, appeared to be upset when a man came onto the field and stopped play. The man was able to just wander about for several seconds when he took out his phone and tried to capture some video of himself.

Sam Kerr of Chelsea runs with the ball during the UEFA Women’s Champions League group A match between Chelsea FC and Juventus at Kingsmeadow on December 08, 2021 in Kingston upon Thames, England.
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A pitch invader is grounded courtesy of Chelsea’s Sam Kerr during the Women’s Champions League, Group A match between Chelsea and Juventus at Kingsmeadow, London, Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021. 
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Chelsea manager Emma Hayes said in the incident called for it.

“We have seen in the growth of the game that there is this sense the players are more in demand,” she said, via BBC.

A pitch invader attempts to get a selfie with Sam Kerr of Chelsea  during the UEFA Women’s Champions League group A match between Chelsea FC and Juventus at Kingsmeadow on Dec. 8, 2021 in Kingston upon Thames, England.
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“I think it should serve as a reminder to us all and the stadiums and stewards that we have to put player protection first.”

Chelsea and Juventus played to a 0-0 draw.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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